(CNN) - His insight guided both of President Bush's successful White House bids, but aides to John McCain might just be hoping Karl Rove stops talking.
Days after the prominent Republican strategist said the latest McCain campaign ads had "gone too far" and failed the "100 percent truth test," Rove told the Associated Press Wednesday he thinks the choice of Sarah Palin was a political one and that the excitement she has generated will soon wear off.
"Nothing lasts for 60-some-odd days," he told the Associated Press. "Will she be the center of attention in the remaining 48 days? No, but she came on in a very powerful way and has given a sense of urgency to the McCain campaign that's pretty remarkable."
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Rove also described the choice of Palin as a "political pick," and said she was not the most qualified Republican McCain could have chosen. But Rove also said Joe Biden, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was also a political pick - designed to make up for Barack Obama's relatively short resume.
"I think the American people have deep and persistent doubts about the readiness of this dynamic and charismatic first-term senator from Illinois," said Rove.
Rove's comments also come days after he wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal advising Barack Obama to stop attacking Palin directly, noting past attempts by Democratic presidential nominees to attack the No. 2 on the GOP ticket have largely fell flat.
(CNN) – Spanish reporters are parsing John McCain’s Tuesday interview with the Miami station of Spanish-language radio network in which he had praise for the government of Mexico - but would not say directly whether he was willing to meet with Spain’s center-left prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
"I will meet with those leaders who are our friends and who want to work with us cooperatively," said McCain, according to a translation of the interview with a station that is part of Spain's Radio Union network which has grabbed headlines in that country.
The interviewer followed up, looking for a direct response on Zapatero. "Okay, but I'm talking about Europe, the president [sic] of Spain, would you meet with him?"
"I will reunite with any leader that has the same principles and philosophy that we do: human rights, democracy, and liberty. And I will confront those that don't," said McCain.
The seemingly cool reaction to Zapatero appears to represent a shift for the Republican nominee towards the leader of fellow NATO member Spain. Soon after taking office in 2004, the Spanish prime minister did order the withdrawal of the country’s troops from Iraq, drawing the ire of supporters of the war like McCain - but as recently as this April, the Arizona senator reportedly told a Spanish newspaper he would extend Zapatero an invitation.
During a campaign stop Monday, Sept. 15, in Golden, Colorado, Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin repeated claims that, as Alaska's governor, she fought federal funding for the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" - a $223 million project requested by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to build a bridge to an island with roughly 50 residents. The plan became a symbol of government waste and was scrapped.
"That infamous Bridge to Nowhere, I did tell Congress 'thanks, but no thanks,'"Palin said in her Monday speech, repeating a line from her speech at the Republican National Convention. "If we wanted a bridge up there, we will build it ourselves."
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CANTON, Ohio (CNN) – On the second day of his two-day swing through Ohio, Joe Biden continued to slam John McCain for his economic plan and lack of support for financial and health care regulation, calling the Arizona senator’s answers for the struggling economy “the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere.”
“John McCain literally stands alone now," said Biden at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, speaking on the museum’s Astroturf field. "Even with Bush, [he] stands alone now in saying the economy and the fundamentals are strong." "He is totally out of touch with the problems of average people.”
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino refused to comment on McCain’s Monday remark that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” She said the White House didn’t want to become “part of the game,” adding, “We are in a position of strength to deal with this crisis.”
Biden painted McCain as a latecomer to financial regulation, a position the Delaware senator says is still at odds with McCain’s proposed health care plan.
(CNN) – John McCain and Sarah Palin are campaigning in Iowa - a state where polls show Obama holds a slim advantage.
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(CNN) – Lynn Forester de Rothschild, once a prominent supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for president who has switched her allegiance to Sen. John McCain, is pushing back on attempts by some Democrats to “play the class card” against her.
De Rothschild, the wife of a scion of the British Rothschild family that made its fortune in private banking, is standing by her charge that it is Sen. Barack Obama who is the elitist. “An elitist is someone whose state of mind is that they’re better than the rest of us,” Rothschild told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning Thursday. “As president, he will be very full of himself. That is elitist, ok. To be privileged is not elitist.”
Rothschild pointed to her middle-class origins in response to Democratic charges that she is an elitist. “I am a girl from New Jersey. A middle-class family. My father worked two jobs. Four kids went to college, law school. I earned a good part of the fortune that we have,” she said.
De Rothschild, a lawyer and entrepreneur who made a reported $100 million in telecommunications before she met Sir Evelyn Rothschild, was a prolific fundraiser for Sen. Clinton. On American Morning, she defended McCain’s record on equal pay for women, an issue the Obama campaign highlighted on the same day de Rothschild announced her endorsement of McCain.
“Trying to tag John McCain as ‘not good for women’ is just insane,” de Rothschild said Wednesday. She also told Roberts that McCain has “a record” of taking on special interests, bipartisanship, leadership, and making tough decisions while Obama only has “rhetoric” on all of those points.
(CNN) – Barack Obama appears to be regaining his summer edge over John McCain according to the latest CNN poll of polls, which shows a swing of four points in the Illinois senator's favor in just over a week.
With less than seven weeks remaining until voters weigh in at the polls, Obama now holds a 2 point lead over McCain (47 percent to 45 percent), according to CNN's average of several recent national polls. Eight percent still remain undecided.
The latest polls also suggest Obama again holds the slim but clear advantage he held in August before both parties' conventions - one month ago, Obama held the same 2 point margin over McCain.
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The Illinois senator increased that lead following his own convention, but saw it disappear entirely after McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate and Republicans emerged energized from their convention in early September: In a CNN poll of polls taken 10 days ago, The McCain-Palin ticket held a 2 point advantage over its Democratic counterpart.
The poll of polls consists of six recent surveys: CBS/NYT (September 12-16), Quinnipiac (September 11-16), IPSOS-McClatchy (September 11-15), Gallup (September 14-16), Diageo/Hotline (September 14-16), and American Research Group (September 13-15).
It does not have a sampling error.
At a campaign stop Monday, Sept. 15, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden said that Republican officials in Michigan have made comments "suggesting that anyone who lost their home in foreclosure should also lose their right to vote." "If you're worried about losing your home, you should vote," Biden said. "You should vote for the guys who are prepared to help you keep your home - not take it away."
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(CNN) – Michelle Obama is campaigning on behalf of her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina this hour - a state that hasn't voted Democrat in more than 30 years but one that polls show could be up for grabs this election.
She is holding an economic round-table with working women in Charlotte, and will speak at a rally in Greensboro later Thursday.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush said Thursday the U.S. economy still faces "serious challenges."
Recent actions taken to stabilize the economy "are necessary and they are important and the markets are adjusting to them," Bush said.
"My administration is focused on meeting these challenges," he said.
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